Joe Beimel told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s leaving the Rockies to sign with the Pirates.
Beimel had an offer to return to Colorado and Baltimore was at least one other team willing to give him a minor-league contract, but the left-handed reliever lives near Pittsburgh and also pitched for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle when they were together with the Rockies in 2009.
Beimel has posted an ERA under 4.00 in five straight seasons despite some sub par strikeout-to-walk ratios, including a 3.40 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 45 innings for the Rockies last year, and the 34-year-old southpaw held left-handed hitters to a .692 OPS during the past three seasons.
UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Beimel agreed to a minor-league contract with the Pirates.
Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.
The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.
The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: